Learning at Dartington

Here at Dartington, we are working to keep our focus on developing engaging experiences for all students – both today and in the coming weeks and months.

We are continuing to run our programmes remotely where required, alongside an exciting programme of online courses and learning activities – please check our homepage for all the latest.

Wherever you are in the world, we invite you to join us. We are currently accepting applications for all our programmes over the next year. The preferred deadline for applications to start undergraduate or postgraduate study with us in June or September this year is 1 May. 

Are you a current student on one of our postgraduate courses? Click here for key resources.

Higher Education

We offer transformative learning delivered by world-class tutors in a truly unique campus experience.

We’d like to offer a warm welcome to new students on our developing portfolio of courses. For information and resources to support your study, please visit our Resources for Students.

Schumacher College

Schumacher College has developed an international reputation for transformative nature-based learning. They offer small class sizes, in an intimate setting, on courses relating to ecology and sustainability.

Working from a campus nestled on our 1,200-acre estate, the College welcomes students from more than 80 countries who wish to join the search for solutions to some of the most complex problems facing our planet.

Come to Schumacher for short courses and postgraduate study – and be inspired by leading thinkers, practitioners and activists of our age.



Dartington Arts School

Our rich international heritage and spectacular rural location provide a dynamic and responsive context for contemporary study at Dartington Arts School.

We offer a distinctive learning community where students and tutors learn in dialogue with each other and with the place itself, and learning is delivered on a small, friendly scale with intensity and rigour. As a testbed for enacting new visions and models, Dartington has a uniquely values-driven vitality to offer to its learners.



Short courses

We offer a variety of opportunities for part-time learning, with courses ranging from a few hours, to weekly classes, to longer residential experiences.

Schumacher College: Ecology & Wellbeing Courses

Schumacher College delivers a unique brand of small-group, residential experiences which embrace themes of wellbeing and sustainability. Courses take place in the classroom, gardens and kitchen, and range from a weekend to three weeks.



Arts and Craft Courses

Curating programmes across music, performance, writing, dance and contemporary visual art, our programme of arts courses aim to animate our rural space with global perspective and profound experiences.

They beautifully complement our Craft Revolution programme, in collaboration with over 50 makers from across the South West and beyond. Courses in carpentry, furniture, textiles, ceramics, printmaking, bookbinding and artisan cookery run throughout the year.


Summer School & Festival

Every year, Dartington Music Summer School & Festival delivers four weeks of shared music making, learning and listening, from early music to classical to jazz.

By day, classes and courses covering a range of music take place; by night an extensive concert programme, featuring internationally renowned performers, lights up the Dartington estate.



Events & more

Learning is the beating heart of our year-round programme of events, which spans genres from film to craft to exhibitions.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, much of our events programme (including our Barn Cinema) is taking a break. Instead, we’re running a virtual programme, which includes the first ever online editions of our long-running Earth Talks. Click here for all the latest events.

You can also book courses run in partnership with some of our tenants on the estate. These include:


art.earth grew out of the Language, Landscape & the Sublime symposium which took place in June 2016 at Dartington Trust and Sharpham House, and exists as a space for thought, for making, for collaboration and for conversation.

art.earth celebrates and supports artists who look outward. This might mean quite explicitly talking about environmental or ecological issues, or it might mean a much broader sense of the ecological: something that is open, enquiring, caring, and considerate of the world (people and places) it inhabits.

Soundart Radio 102.5 FM

Soundart Radio is an independent, non-commercial, licensed community radio station based on the Dartington estate and reaching audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

They run a regular series of courses, often for young people, providing opportunities to learn more about radio broadcasting.

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